Tell the PA: free speech is not a crime


Sign the letter to President Abbas and Fateh Central Committee Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh: Drop the charges against Palestinian Human Rights Defender Issa Amro!

Dear President Abbas and Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh,

It is appalling that the Palestinian Authority is putting Human Rights Defender Issa Amro on trial for peacefully voicing his opinion.

On Thursday 28 March, 2019 Amro will appear in PA court for a Facebook post from 2017 in which he said that the Palestinian Authority should not be arresting journalists criticizing the government. For this Amro is facing up to two years in prison and a fine.

Amro is well known for his human rights work to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and remove the fanatical and violent illegal settlers from Hebron. But last month, rather than supporting Amro, Fatah released a press statement urging civil society organizations in Hebron to boycott Amro and his colleagues at Youth Against Settlements, warning those who don’t abide that they would face retribution.

Amro has received death threats on social media and over the phone from supporters of Fatah, such that he fears for his life and personal safety. The PA has also threatened those close to Amro that they must stop working with him Amro and Youth Against Settlements (YAS).

It is shocking that the PA and Fatah, rather than supporting Amro’s work against the occupation and for the protection of his own people, are threatening and prosecuting him. This is shameful and counter to the international values of freedom, justice, and equality.

Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International Saleh Higazi said of the PA’s prosecution of Amro:

“It is disgraceful that Issa Amro is facing a prison term simply for expressing his views promoting human rights online. The Palestinian authorities should drop all charges against him immediately. Criticising an official should never be a crime. If imprisoned Issa Amro would be a Prisoner of Conscience.”

Amro is charged with disturbing “public order” under Palestine’s draconian Electronic Crimes Law, “causing strife” and “insulting the higher authorities” under the 1960 Jordanian Penal code, still enforced in the West Bank.

We call on your as president of the Palestinian Authority to immediately see that all charges are dropped against Amro and see that his safety, and the safety of Youth Against Settlements and everyone working with them, is protected. We also call on you to see that the PA and Fatah support Amro and Youth Against Settlements nonviolent work to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and human rights abuses endured by the Palestinian people.


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  • Gwyneth Daniel
    signed 2019-03-28 07:30:53 -0400
  • Nick James
    signed 2019-03-28 07:28:54 -0400
  • Dave Kirby
    signed 2019-03-28 07:24:06 -0400
  • Gurney Braithwaite
    signed via 2019-03-28 07:23:03 -0400
  • josie Warshaw
    signed 2019-03-28 07:22:23 -0400
  • Sonja Zimmermann
    signed via 2019-03-28 07:21:31 -0400
  • Anne Mitchell
    signed 2019-03-28 07:20:47 -0400
  • Dave Dillon
    signed 2019-03-28 07:18:09 -0400
    Abbas seems to be working harder for israel than he does for the Palestinian people, Issa is a decent human whose only goal is to better the lives of people living in occupied Hebron.
  • Elisabeth Bücking
    signed 2019-03-28 07:15:34 -0400
  • Anne Hissey
    signed 2019-03-28 07:12:26 -0400
  • Martin Gem
    signed 2019-03-28 07:11:56 -0400
  • Gunnar Jacks
    signed 2019-03-28 07:10:32 -0400
    Democrazy is best and should allow free speech
  • Dieter Becker
    signed 2019-03-28 07:10:19 -0400
  • sally burley
    @sallydburley tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-28 07:09:53 -0400
    Dear @AbbasPresident & Fatah @DrShtayyeh: free speech is not a crime. The PA must drop the charges against Palestinian Human Rights Defender @IssaAmroAmro's work to end Israel's occupation & human rights abuses should be supported! #StandWithIssa
  • Judy Andler
    signed via 2019-03-28 07:09:46 -0400
  • sally burley
    signed 2019-03-28 07:09:40 -0400
  • Paul Phillips
    signed 2019-03-28 07:06:33 -0400
  • Barbara Iqbal
    signed 2019-03-28 07:00:01 -0400
  • Ray Doherty
    signed 2019-03-28 06:56:35 -0400
    Please release Issa Amro and allow him to continue his non violent activities in al Khalil (Hebron). He is doing much to protect the rights of the Palestinian people.
  • Nirit Sommerfeld
    signed 2019-03-28 06:51:51 -0400
  • Lydia Smart
    signed 2019-03-28 06:50:44 -0400
    Lydia Smart
  • Ian Davies
    signed via 2019-03-28 06:49:11 -0400
    Freedom of speech is an essential part f the democratic freedom for which the Palestinian people strive. Yssa needs support, not prosecution, from the authorities.
  • Frieder Schoebel
    signed 2019-03-28 06:45:45 -0400
  • Janine Robert
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  • Janet Budd
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